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Manhattan, KS 66502

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Kansas Forest Service Advisory Council

The purpose of the Advisory Council is to enhance communication to all sectors of Kansas regarding programs of the Kansas Forest Service and to advise on the public and private needs and requirements relating to Kansas Forest Service programs and program directions.

Specifically the Council:

  1. Reviews Kansas Forest Service programs and budgets and makes recommendations to the State Forester, the University, the Legislature and the Governor regarding the needs of the Kansas Forest Service and the adequacy of its programs and budgets.
  2. Serves as a sounding board for new programs and consult with and advises the State Forester about programs and priorities.
  3. Provides the Kansas Forest Service with expertise gained in the administration of other organizations relative to the administrative operations of the Kansas Forest Service.
  4. Assists in making services and capabilities of the Kansas Forest Service known throughout Kansas.
  5. Serves as a vehicle for recommending new legislation through appropriate state agencies relative to the mission of the Kansas Forest Service.
  6. Recommends policy to the State Forester and Kansas State University’s Department Head for Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources with respect to operational matters.

2022 Kansas Forestry Service Advisory Council Members

Community Forestry

Lynn Miller

Director of Parks and Recreation, Beloit, KS

Sarah Crowder

Sarah Crowder

Senior Program Manager, Bridging The Gap/Heartland Tree Alliance


Robert Atchison

Retired Kansas Forest Service Forester


Brad Loveless

Brad Loveless

Secretary, KS Department Wildlife and Parks, Topeka, KS

Dan Meyerhoff

Dan Meyerhoff

Executive Director, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts

Natural Resource Group 

Jared McJunkin

Dir. Conservation Operations, Central, National Wild Turkey Federation

Annie Farrell

Annie Farrell

District Biologist, National Wild Turkey Federation

Kent Askren

Kent Askren

Public Policy Director, Kansas Farm Bureau

Carolyn Turney

Carolyn Turney (Chair)

Landowner, Lyon County, Emporia, KS. Past Chair, KS Forestry Association, Kansas Tree Farm Committee Chair

Calvin Kissick

Calvin Kissick

Forest Landowner, Sedgwick County KS


Senator Elaine Bowers

Kansas Senate, District 36; Concordia, KS

Stephen Owens

Representative Stephen Owens

Kansas House, District 74, Hesston, KS

Rural Fire 

Shane Preston

Assistant Chief, Hays Fire Department, Hays, KS


Doug Schmitt

Chief, Soldier Township Fire Department, Shawnee County


Brian Obermeyer

Landscape Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Forest Industry

Alan Eckley

Vice President, American Walnut Company, St. Joseph, MO